If you're the kind of person who likes being set up on blind dates, seeks your friends' approval before going out with someone new (guilty), or are just really freaking frustrated with the current state of your dating life and want someone else to figure it out for you, the Ship dating app may be for you. It's the dating app that lets your friends swipe right on your behalf — a social twist that sounds both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
Apps like Tinder and Bumble have let users share profiles with friends via link for a while now, but actually giving one of your friends the power to hook you up with a potential partner is something that requires a pretty high level of trust. So, if you're in the mood to be cuffed and you think your friends know you better than you know yourself, here's what you need to know before signing up for Ship.
Joining as a Single User
For starters, Ship is currently free. After you download it, you'll need to verify your cell phone number. The app will then prompt you to set up a profile by uploading a photo of yourself and filling in all the standard info — name, birthday, height, etc. You can also add a bio, five more pictures, and choose whether or not to add your school and/or occupation to your profile. Then you can either start swiping for yourself — as you would on any other dating app — or invite a group of friends to join you in a "crew" and start checking out profiles for you.
Joining as a Crew Member
Unlike single users, if you're signing onto Ship as part of a crew, you can skip uploading a photo. You will have to enter the basics, though — first name, last name, birthday, gender. Then it's time to start swiping away on your friend's behalf, which is when things start to really get fun! Ship will automatically generate a group chat for each crew, which means you can share profiles with each other and gossip about who you're digging and who you're not without ever having to take a single screenshot. How amazing is that?!
Making a Match
Whenever a member of the crew "likes" a potential suitor's profile and that person expresses interest in your friend, a match is made, and the two singles can then start chatting with each other. Sadly, nobody in the group will be able to read those messages unless your single friend decides that a little team screenshot analysis is in order — but when is it not? Like the app's tagline states: "Dating sucks but your crew has your back." So, choose your members wisely, trust their instincts, and sit back and enjoy the ride.